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Transforming Heterosexism: Starting from Myself
Transforming heterosexism: Starting from myself
Kin-MingChanWestern Michigan University

The first “person” to whom I came out was God. I was then 14 years old and was secretly in love with a male classmate. Around the same time, I first learned from a sermon in church that homosexuality was sinful. Subsequently, for a couple years, when I prayed at night, I asked God in tears to take back my life as soon as possible because He must have made a mistake in creating my “wrong existence.” I felt ashamed, guilty, and was in pain to think of my gay orientation. Nevertheless, I could neither deny my feeling of love toward that classmate nor understand the intrinsic sinfulness of genuinely loving another person. Now, ...

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